ATVs Scooters sold by Glen Mark Barling and Sheri Barling
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#1 Aug 26, 2011
Be very careful when purchasing ebay items from Glen Mark Barling or Sheri Barling in Santo, Tx. They have had several business names...ATV Discounter, Frontier Importers, and I think the newest one is Employee Discounters. There are tons of BBB complaints against them. Google them and you will see. Apparently he used to sell insurance and was convicted of felony fraud. I saw one report where he was indicted for "possession of cocaine with intent to deliver". I think these people are nothing but trash. They screw people out of their hard earned money instead of doing the right thing. Never got my money back. See below.
Texas Department of Insurance
Summaries of the News Releases for 1997 follow.
Las Vegas Police Arrest Fugitive in Texas Premium Thefts
News Release Date: 11/5/1997
Local angle for Arlington, Dallas and Fort Worth
Glen Mark Barling, a former Arlington insurance agent who fled Texas after his indictment for car insurance premium theft five months ago, has been arrested by the Las Vegas, Nevada, police department´s Fugitive Unit.
A Travis County grand jury indicted Barling, his son and his daughter-in-law in May on organized crime charges.
The indictment alleges misapplication of $12,986.73 in premiums between June 1994 and April 1997, causing "substantial risk" for 24 people who thought they were buying car insurance. The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) received about 120 complaints against the Barlings. The allegedly stolen premiums averaged about $400 to $500 per person. Arlington police also received numerous complaints that the Barlings pocketed consumers´ premiums.
Barling, 44; of Arlington, were named in a first-degree felony indictment charging them with organized criminal activity.
Glen Barling also was charged with unauthorized (unlicensed) insurance and falsifying his agent license application by failing to disclose an indictment for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.
Arrest warrants based on the indictments were issued May 28. Travis County grand juries have statewide venue over insurance fraud cases. At the time of Barling´s arrest, he had five outstanding felony warrants with bonds totaling $50,000. He also was wanted on an outstanding warrant from Tarrant County in another matter.
Barling has agreed to return to Texas voluntarily to stand trial. Investigator John Watson of TDI´s Insurance Fraud Unit investigated the case and referred it to the Travis County District Attorney for prosecution.
#2 Aug 26, 2011
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Attorney General Abbott Charges Dallas All-Terrain Vehicle Dealer with Deceptive Trade Practices Act Violations
ATVDiscounter.com of Dallas charged with shipping damaged vehicles
DALLAS – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today filed an enforcement action against a Dallas-area all-terrain vehicle (ATVs), moped, Go-Kart and scooter dealership.
According to the state’s enforcement action, Frontier Imports Inc., dba ATVDiscounter.com , and several individual defendants violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA). Foremost among these, the defendants promised vehicles that customers personally selected – and which the dealer claimed were in stock. However, customers who ordered by phone or via Internet received vehicles they did not select for purchase and often received the vehicles months after the promised delivery date. Some never received vehicles they purchased. Other customers received vehicles that were less costly than the vehicles they paid for, but the company refused to provide refunds or exchanges.
Attorney General's lawsuit against ATVDiscounter.com of Dallas, et al.
In other cases, customers received damaged or mud-caked vehicles with mileage on the odometers. Customers often had trouble starting vehicles, and when they were actually able to start the vehicles, they malfunctioned after being driven 100 miles or less. In addition to obvious damage to mirrors and lights, customers complained about leaking fuel lines and defective brakes. Other customers had accidents resulting in minor injuries from throttles that froze in the open position. Finally, defendants promised the vehicles were “street legal,” but customers failed to receive a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin, making it impossible to register them with the state.
Other named defendants in this legal action are ATVDiscounter.com of Dallas, LLC, Sheri Lynn Barling, Glenn Mark Barling and Nathan Barling. Because the defendants are charged with violating the DTPA, the state is seeking penalties of up to $20,000 per violation of that law, plus attorneys’ fees. Restitution to harmed customers is also requested under this court action.
Texans who believe they have been deceived by similar fraudulent business practices may call the Office of the Attorney General’s toll-free complaint line at (800) 252-8011 or file a complaint online at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov .
#3 Aug 28, 2011
Santo must have welcome them with open arms :)
#4 Sep 1, 2011
yeah, a lot of people were ripped off by Glen and Sherri Barling too. biggest bunch of liars that I've ever seen.
#5 Sep 8, 2011
Glenn and Sherri Barling sold me a chinese atv that would not start. Still doesn't start. would not honor warranty. would not return phone calls. i would warn anyone thinking of doing business with them to do their due diligence before committing any money these two are crooks in my opinion and i hear they are hiding out in Santo
#6 Sep 11, 2011
i've heard the barlings have a son that goes to school at santo and that he is nothing more than a foul mouthed trouble maker guess the apple never falls far from the tree hahahaha
#7 Sep 13, 2011
Glenn Barling Sherri Barling in Santo = rip off artists
#8 Sep 13, 2011
see complaint below:
watch out for Barlings_ ripoff artists
Barco Trading, LLC and Barco Bargains - False Advertising for $1099.00 on 06/02/2011
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My 8 year old son sold his dirt bike and purchased a go-kart from these people and never received it. Asked for a refund and was told that I would receive it in about 7 days. Well it's been almost 3 month and still nothing. Have tried numerous times to contact these people and don't get any replies. I have done a lot of research on these people and they are NO GOOD! They make a living by scamming people, even CHILDREN! Please do not purchase anything from them!
Submitted by Logan on Aug 23rd, 2011
#9 Sep 16, 2011
September 2, 2011
Company with local ties receives several complaints
WEATHERFORD — The Better Business Bureau of Fort Worth is warning area residents of complaints raised about a business with local ties.
The organization has received 12 complaints against Barco Trading, owned by the same people who owned the now defunct ATVDiscounters.com , the defendant in a lawsuit filed last year by the Texas Attorney General’s Office, said Shae Moore, spokesperson for the BBB.
According to the petition filed in Dallas County, the company also goes by Frontier Imports, which listed a Weatherford address and is owned by Glen and Sheri Barling, of Santo.
They were accused of numerous practices violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, including failing to ship the ATVs, scooters and mopeds as promised, shipping damaged or used vehicles, promising street legal scooters but sending ones that could not be registered, licensed or insured, and failing to accept a return of damaged vehicles.
ATVDiscounters agreed to pay restitution but denied violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act in a settlement reached last summer.
In total, the BBB has received over 215 complaints against the companies, according to Moore.
The more recent complaints against Barco Trading involve online purchases on websites such as eBay and allege problems with deliveries, product quality and warranties, similar to ones they received regarding ATVDiscounters, the BBB reported.
Several of Barco’s customers claim they waited a month to receive their orders, although Barco Trading allegedly advertised delivery within four-to-seven days.
The customers allege their payments were processed immediately, but the company did not respond to questions about the status of their orders, according to the BBB. One complainant alleged his order did not arrive.
Some complained that the products arrived in poor condition and they had trouble with the warranty.
One man claimed he was sent a scooter that had electrical problems and was not street legal as allegedly advertised, but a Barco manager told him he would not authorize repairs if he did not remove a negative review on eBay.
Moore said consumers should know who they are buying from to help prevent becoming a victim.
One Weatherford woman, who asked that her name not be used because of threatening comments made to her, lodged a complaint with the Better Business Bureau after she was unable to resolve several issues with the company.
The family purchased two vehicles for about $550 each for their twin sons around 2008 at a West Fort Worth location, the woman said.
“They were cheap,” the woman said.
However, the four-wheelers didn’t work, and when they attempted to take advantage of the 1-year warranty,“nobody would ever answer the phone,” she said.
The family took the four-wheelers to the business where they purchased them and they took them to get them fixed, the woman said.
However, after months of not hearing from the business and not being able to reach anybody by phone about picking them up, she said they canceled the charge on their credit card and purchased a four-wheeler from another company for their sons.
The company then contacted them and told them they owed the business a $170 storage fee, she said.
After some back and forth, the company agreed to drop the storage fee. However, the vehicle had not been fixed so the couple paid someone else to fix them, she said.
They ended up selling the vehicles for $25 for parts, putting them out about $400, the woman said.
Still, she said she feels lucky.
She was included in the settlement with the company but said she hasn’t seen any money and doesn’t expect to.
“If it looks too good to be true - everybody says it probably is - no, it definitely is,” she said.
#10 Sep 16, 2011
Glenn and Sherri Barling of Santo have a ton of BBB complaints and it is not right to rip off hard working families of their money especially in this economy
#11 Sep 16, 2011
it is not right for these people to rip off hard working people of their money, especially in this economy
#12 Sep 21, 2011
Contact the Sheriffs dept in Palo Pinto, Texas about the shady dealings.
Or file a civil lawsuit on them in Palo Pinto State Court.
The State Judge Ray will give them some needed hard time.
#13 Sep 21, 2011
according to the all knowing google, Glenn Mark Barling is a convicted felon who used to be a cocaine dealer. now he and sherri barling sell chinese junk atvs and are being investigated again for unethical or just plain bad business practices. SHAME ON THEM!
#14 Sep 22, 2011
Pray for the Barlings. It sounds like they all need some guidance right now.
#15 Sep 26, 2011
well, i don't think Glenn and Sherri Barling are selling the junk scooters now due to the investigations or maybe they are just selling under a differnt company name. hope they don't start selling meth like all the other losers around here
#16 Sep 27, 2011
Ready to Ride Powersports Complaints & Reviews - ATV Discounter
Review all Ready to Ride Powersports complaints
Ready to Ride Powersports
Posted: 2009-07-28 by Scammed & Concerned
Ready to Ride Powersports
ATV Discounter as everyone can see is a horrible company to do business with. We had the misfortune of ordering a product in May 2009 and paying cash by way of direct deposit. As we near the end of July, we still have not gotten any product. As you can see they are as bad as they come. Research Glen Barling and find out he has done time for insurance fraud. Needless to say, ATV Discounter is no longer answering the phone, website is down, etc. But did you know they are operating under other names:
Ready to Ride Powersports
They just quit doing business as the company gets a bad reputation and start under an old company. My advice to anyone doing business with a company like this near Dallas Texas should do a search with the Texas Corporation Records and find out who the owners are. If "Barling" is associated in any way, BEWARE!!!
#17 Oct 1, 2011
U can't trust Barlings. They will lie and screw u and then smile like they r ur best friend.
#18 Oct 20, 2011
They have sued & in civil court now at Palo Pinto.
Brought up by the Santo Bank.
#19 Oct 21, 2011
who sued who? they were bought up by santo bank?
#20 Oct 21, 2011
Sorry, they have been sued by the Santo Bank according to filings out of Palo Pinto. So get your digs in while it is hot, ole Judge Ray will make true believers out of the rascal's.
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